MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's basketball brings its three-game win streak into the final contest of their road swing on Saturday (Dec. 8) at Southeast Missouri. The matchup between the Leathernecks (4-4 overall) and the Redhawks (4-5 overall) is set to begin at 3 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
In its last outing, Western posted its first-ever victory over Loyola (Chicago) 65-61. After trailing by 10 with eight minutes left in regulation, a string of free throws from Saule Kontautaite and Ashley Luke, followed by three three-pointers out of Kontautaite solidified the result.
Kontautaite led the Leathernecks in scoring with 25 points, a season-high and one point shy of her career-high. Joining her in double figures adding 10 points apiece were Michelle Maher and Jackie Rieger, who scored all 10 of her points from the charity stripe. Luke pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the squad, while Rebecca Henricson dished out a team-high six assists.
Who: Western Illinois (4-4) at Southeast Missouri (4-5)
Where: Cape Girardeau, Mo. • Show Me Center (7,000)
When: Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
Series History: Southeast Missouri leads 3-2
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SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Southeast Missouri, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, brings an overall mark of 4-5 into the matchup... Allyson Bradshaw leads the team in points with 98 (10.9 ppg) and is followed by Jordan Hunter with 87 (9.7) and Bailie Roberts with 85 (9.4)... Patricia Mack paces the squad with 79 rebounds, 29 coming on the offensive end of the floor... Hunter has a team high 34 assists and 14 steals... Courtney Shiffer has nine blocks on the season... The Redhawk roster is made up of four freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and three seniors... Head coach Ty Margenthaler is at the helm of the program and is in his second season.
SERIES HISTORY: Southeast Missouri leads Western in overall meetings 3-2... In their last meeting on Nov. 26, 1997, the Redhawks took the game 70-68.
SUMMIT LEAGUE STANDINGS: Omaha is on top of the league standings with a 5-2 followed by Oakland (5-3) and IUPUI (5-4)... South Dakota State is fourth (5-4) and Western rounds out the top five with an even mark (4-4)... Kansas City (4-5), Fort Wayne (3-4), North Dakota State (3-5) and South Dakota (3-5) take the final three spots.
TOP 10 LEADERBOARD: Saule Kontautaite ranks second in the Summit League in points per game (15.4)... Charnelle Reed is second in three-point percentage (56.5) and fourth in field goal percentage (47.4)... Rebecca Henricson is third in assists (32) and fourth in steals (17)... Ashley Luke ranks 10th in rebounds (49)... Ashley Luke (5th - 9) and Rachel Evans, Michelle Maher and Kontautaite (T10th - 5) rank in the top ten in blocks.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING: According to the latest national statistics (through games of Dec. 2), Western ranks 12th in the country averaging 8.1 3-point field goals per game... Western stands 25th in assists per game (16.9) and 36th overall averaging just 14 personal fouls... The Leathernecks’ 0.89 assist/turnover ratio ranks 74th nationally... Western also ranks 78th in 3-point shooting (.329) and 79th in field goal percentage (.415)... The 4.3 blocked shots per game rank Western 75th in the country... Michelle Maher is 70th in 3-point FG per game averaging 2.43.
DOUBLE FIGURES CLUB: Five members of the Leatherneck roster have scored on double figures on at least one occasion in the young season: Saule Kontautaite (6 games), Michelle Maher (5 games), Charnelle Reed (4 games), Jackie Rieger (1 game) and Rebecca Henricson (1 game)... Ashley Luke has also recorded double figure numbers in rebounds on two occasions.
PERFECTION: The Leathernecks have protected Waste Management Court in Macomb going 3-0 at home thus far this season... The home stand includes a 85-35 win over Clarke, a 69-55 victory over Valparaiso and a 70-53 win against William Woods... In each victory, Western defeated its opponent by double figures.